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Care for beggars

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

FOLLOWING the announcement of a home to be built for beggars at Colo-i-Suva, reassurances have been given that beggars with mental health issues will be seen to, as the home is likely to have specialists ready to assist.

This was explained yesterday by the district superintendent of the Church of Nazarene (where the home set to be built), Reverend Kafoa Muaror, who said it was not unusual for beggars to experience mental health problems.

"The church will work closely with the government ministry for the purpose of securing specialised consultants (as and when deemed necessary) to diagnose and provide proper medical advice on such symptoms," Mr Kafoa told this newspaper Monday.

"The church has also secured the services of certain specialised doctors on a volunteer basis to assist as and when required."

He said the church, together with the Social Welfare Ministry, would consider each case based on its facts and merits then strive to provide the best possible support available they could afford.

"If a particular case is deemed very serious in nature and we don't have the people trained and or capable of dealing with such cases meaningfully, we will make the appropriate recommendations to the ministry for an alternative safe home or institution that can adequately deal with such special mental needs.

"We have a project manager and two other staff that will live on the site and attend to the day- to-day issues and routines.

"In addition to providing for the physical needs of the beggars, the church will also be seriously engaged in prayer for healing and restoration."

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